This year’s Winter Fest Fundraiser was replete with psychedelic artwork, local food and beer, and Gowanus merriment in Ray Smith‘s studio. The Conservancy is incredibly grateful for the immense turnout and the support that could only stem from Gowanus Canal lovin’.

Brews were graciously donated by Sixpoint Brewery, and food from Brooklyn Cured, Crock & Jar, Pork Slope, Talde, Mama O’s Kimchi, and Brooklyn Brine. Here’s a peek at part of the spread:

Our merch table featured a new t-shirt design, in addition to donation tags for items such as boots, rakes, and plant material. A silent auction displayed items such as a custom made frame of aerial-shots of the Gowanus (for more information on GLAM, view our past blog posts). If you would like to donate to the Conservancy, you can use our secure Paypal site here!

At 9, we cleared out the tables to make room for Superhuman Happiness and Avan Lava, complete with laser lights as provided by Eastern Effects Lighting. DJ Abby Klein kept the music going before, between, and after sets:

The evening was brimming with conversation, dancing, and all around conviviality. All of the proceeds contribute to keeping our Clean & Green programs alive, as well as Urban Ecology lectures (our next one on February 13th), ¡Composting Gowanus!, and others.

We are grateful for the vibrant community of Gowanus folks and friends for supporting the Conservancy’s projects, and we hope to see you at the start of our Clean & Green/Tree Giveaway Day on March 23rd! Until then, we leave you with the fine faces of the Gowanus:


The Conservancy.